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Four years of work and play —
four years of prayer and study —
Four years of friendship and
four years of trial and achieve-
ment — a hfetime of memory.
Book 1 THE COLLEGE
Book 2 THE CLASSES
Book 3 THE CLUBS
Book 4 THE ACTIVITIES
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I am the mother of
fair love and of fear
and of knowledge
and of holy hope.
^IJOW can we express adequately our apprecia-
tion of the work of our faculty? To indicate
what we owe them, we must go back farther than
1935. For, it is to them that we must be grateful
for the traditions, ideals, and scholastic standing of
our College. More particularly must we express
our thanks for their exemplary lives of scholarship,
culture, and piety. It is our ardent prayer that God
will always bless them and give to the Class of '39
the grace to be a source of pride to them in future
O LEARY HALL
Shall we chant our teachers' praise,
For leading us through learning's maze;
Through the twisted paths unknown,
That we at last have made our own?
Or was it through our parents' care.
Who smoothed the way and paid the fare,
And always lent a helping hand,
To breast the waves, and reach the land?
Shall we thank our country's name
That this democracy did frame;
And let the note of freedom chime,
O'er this land for all time?
Perhaps the thanks is due a friend.
Who did the inspiration send;
And by his prayer with ours united.
Brought the end we now have sighted.
Perhaps for these victorious palms
To God we should sing our psalms:
Who showed the road whereon we stood,
And gave us Grace to do the good.
To teachers, parents, country and friend,
To Lord of all, our praises tend;
To one and all, we gratitude owe,
From loyal hearts, our deep thanks flow.
"Jo" is the type that is welcome in
any circle — especially if there are cow-
boy songs in the air, or if Mussolini
is in need of defense. "Jo" is hap-
pily remembered for her songs — and
she sings with feeling, for her smile —
and it is a winner; for her sincerity —
it is charming. Her manner is quiet ;
yet every event from a basketball game
to a glide on the waxed square found
"Josie" present — with her smile and
ever ready wit.
JOSEPHINE RITA ALBANO
29 Massasoit Rd.
Glee Club, 1, 2, 3, 4; M. J. B. Debating Society, 1. 2, 3, 4;
"The Marquee", 1, 2, 3, 4; A. A., 1, 2, 4; Metaphysical Club, 3;
Social Action Forum, 4; Le Cercle Frangais, 1, 2; B. V. M. Sodality,
1, 2, 3, 4; Basketball, 1, 2, 4.
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A slim and graceful "Sophisticated
Lady." A "causeur" of the "Tribe of
Ben" called Kenny, fresh from a suc-
cessful appearance as one of the young
moderns in "Stage Door." Her forte
is definitely the theater; her desire, to
follow the footlights. With her easy
nonchalance, sturdy sense of humor,
background of a Celtic heritage,
Kenny's future in that field is assured.
While we've known her, Helen has
gone her way with that same sort of
impersonal aloofness to difficulties that
have arisen. So we can safely wish
for Helen — many a curtain call!
HELEN ROSALIE BARRETT
26 Mosher St. Holyoke
B. V. M. Sodality, 1, 2, 3, 4; -Glee Club, 2, 3; M. J. B. Debiting
Society, 3, 4; La Corte Castellana, 1, 2, 3; Metaphysical Club, 3;
"The Marquee", 2, 3, 4; Monsignor Doyle Science Circle, 2; A. A.,
1, 2, 3, 4; Literature Committee, Chairman, 4.
She answered to the name of "Mag",
you remember, and it was fun to have
her around to answer. You could be
sure of a real homey chat that did your
heart good when "Mag" dropped in
for a visit, and you could be equally
certain that you would hear much of
her hearty laugh. "Mag" was a real
person — at home on the elocution
platform, the cheering section, or the
dance floor. And she likes to tell you
of all the celebrities who call Uxbridge
MARGARET GERTRUDE BRESNAHAN
15 Mendon St.
Glee Club, 1, 3, 4; M. J. B. Debating Society, 1, 2, 3, 4; The
Marquee", 1, 2, 3, 4; A. A., 1, 2, 3, 4; Basketball, 1, 2; Monsignor
Doyle Science Circle, 1, 2; Metaphysical Club, 3 ; Social Action Forum,
4; Le Cercle Franfais, 1, 2; B. V. M. Sodality, 1, 2, 3, 4.
"Phil" is a good person to put on a
job when you want it done, and done
well. Her most prominent virtue is
her generosity, and many a fellow
student can nod grateful agreement to
that. Maybe her usual manner of liv-
ing is not as noisy as the general run
of us — Phil studied even if she hated
to be accused of it. But you didn't
have to count twice to be sure she was
present for all the fun. She had one
very distinctive hobby — she liked to
invent a coiffure for every other day.
PHILIPPA MARY BURKE
11 Wyman St. Worcester
Glee Club, 1, 2, 3, 4; Le Cercle Fran(ais, 1, 2, 3, 4; Corte
Castellana, 2, 3, 4; A. A., 1, 2, 3, 4; "The Marquee", 1, 2, 3, 4;
M. J. B. Debating Society, 1, 2, 3, 4; Social Action Forum, 4; Meta-
physical Club, 3; Monsignor Doyle Science, 1, 2; B. V. M. Sodality,
1, 2, 3, 4; Chairman of Refreshments, Senior Prom; Passion Play,
Manager, 2, 3.
"Sammy" of the "Tribe of Ben" —
smart, modern, bewitchingly lovely.
A bit of Puck and a bit more of Pan —
his very pipes hidden in her charming
voice. Her flair for design is ex-
pressed in sketches that sweep into
reality under her deft, imaginative
stroke. Definitely versatile, "Sammy"
does everything better than best. Her
French would be tout a fait parisien
at the Place de la Concorde, and her
Spanish on las plazas de Madrid.
Because many and oft are the times
Ann goes Holy-Cross-ward, for her we
draft the most romantic of futures.
6 Main St.
ANN CECELIA CARROLL
B. V. M. Sodality, 1, 2, 3, 4; Glee Club, Secretary 1, Treasurer 2,
Vice-President 3, President 4; La Corle Casiellctna. Secretary 1, Treas-
urer 2, Vice-President 3, President 4; M. J. B. Debating Society, 1, 2,
Secretary 3; ' The Marquee", 1, 2, 3, 4; A. A., 1, 2, 3, 4; Monsignor
Doyle Science Circle, 1, 2; Social Action Forum, 4; Sophomore Hop,
Music Chairman; Junior Prom, Music Chairman; Elmata Dance, Gen-
eral Chairman; Art Editor, Elmata; Basketball, 1, 2, 3, 4; A Capella
With an all-embracing smile, Marie
has greeted us each morning through-
out our four years at the Elms. It
didn't take us long to discover that
underlying her genial nature is a keen,
appreciative sense of humor. More
than once that blessed gift came to the
fore, and saved the day. She can be
serious, too. When it comes to apply-
ing herself to studies or class duties —
presto, a very different Marie emerges
and goes to work on her assignment.
A happy disposition, such as yours, is
a valuable asset in life, Marie.
MARIE ELEANOR COURTNEY
5 Beacon Ave. Holyoke
"The Marquee", 1, 2, 3, 4; M. J. B. Debating Society, 1, 2, 3, 4;
A. A., 1, 2, 3, 4; Monsignor Doyle Science Circle, 1, 2; Le Cercle
Fran^ais, 1, 2; Glee Club, 1; Social Action Forum, 4; B. V. M.
Sodality, 1, 2, 3, 4; Metaphysical Club, 3.
"Rosie" — a name synonymous with
extra curricula activities. Wherever
there was activity, there was "Rosie".
A proverbial "friend in need", her
door was a magnet to all who passed.
Her scholastic drives were as powerful
as those on the tennis court, and that's
not bad! A knitter "par excellence",
and equally clever on the basketball
floor! As president of the French
Club, she made no small contribution
to the "Cercle Frau^ais" . Still she
found time to take part in West Point's
social life, and to wind up four glori-
ous years as chairman of the Senior
ROSEMARY ANN CUMMINGS
370 West St.
Le Cercle Franfais. 1, Treasurer 2, 3, President 4; A. A., 1, 2,
3, 4; Basketball, 1, 2, 3, 4; Tennis Champion, 1; Monsignor Doyle
Science Club, 2; Metaphysical Club, 3; "The Marquee", 4; A Capella
Chairman, 4; Sodality, 1, 2, 3, 4; Glee Club, 1, 2. 3; Orchestra,
1, 2, 3, 4; Social Action Forum, 4; Senior Prom, General Chairman.
A prismatic glass in the light with
its variegated rays Marguerita Danahey.
In one light — firm waves of philos-
ophy and debating converging in
logical thought and extending beyond
in linguistic fluency. Delicate, well-
defined lines of rhythm, harmony,
perspective. Another turn — dramatic
ability in one magnificent sweep of
color. Then the most important part
of our prism, its foundation, Mar-
guerita herself — gracious, generous,
strongly willed, highly intelligent.
We admire her talents, but we respect
still more the charming personality
that enhances them, the strong char-
acter that fortifies them.
MARGUERITA MARY DANAHEY
22 Sanford St. Chicopee
M. J. B. Debating Society, 1. Secretary 2, Vice-President 3,
President, 4; The Marquee", 1, 2, Vice-President 3, 4; A. A.. 1,
Treasurer 2, 3, 4; Le Cercle Fian(ais. 1. Secretary 2, 3, 4; Glee Club,
1, 2, 3, 4; Monsignor Doyle Science Club. 1. 2; Social Action Forum,
4; Metaphysical Club. 3; B. V. M. Sodality, 1, 2, 3, 4.
Four short years a^o "Dolor" came
to O. L. E. with great expectations for
the future, and a determination to
reaHze them. That future has come
and gone, and with it has come the
fulfillment of these ambitions. She is
determined and never wavers either in
her ideas or her ideals. Her friendli-
ness has endeared her to everyone —
students and faculty alike. Her service
as Vice-President of her class for four
years, and as Editor-in-Chief of the
Year Book give evidence of the prac-
tical side of her nature.
DOLORES THERESE DONLIN
73 Miller St. Springfield
Vice-President, 1, 2, 3, 4; Le Cercle Frangais, 1, 2, 3, 4; B. V. M.
Sodality, 1, 2, 3, 4; Glee Club, 4; M. J. B. Debating Society,
2, 3, 4; "The Marquee", 1, 2, 3, 4; A. A., 1, 2, 4; Monsignor Doyle
Science Club, 1, 2; Social Action Forum, 4; Metaphysical Club, 3;
Sophomore Hop, Chairman Refreshments; Freshman Reception, Gen-
eral Chairman; Cap and Gown Sunday, Entertainment Chairman;
A warm smile, a cheery "Hi" — and
"Fitz" is with us. If we can manage
it, she stays. Gaiety and sincerity go
hand in hand in her make-up. As a
"property man", actress, or party chair-
man, we could depend on her to be
an indefatigable worker, and to cheer
us with her contagious laugh. Nor
did she have to read Dale Carnegie
to learn how to make friends — it seems
to be her native quality. We think it
is this latter gift that will prove a rich
blessing in life.
MARGARET PATRICIA FITZFATRICK
150 East Sr. Great Harrington
Secretary, 3, 4; Glee Club, 1, 2, 3; B. V. M. Sodality, 1, 2, 3, 4;
'The Marquee", 1, 2, 3, 4; Le Cercle Fran^ais. 1. 2, 3, 4; M. J. B.
Debating Society, 2, 3; A. A., 1, 2, 3, 4; Monsignor Doyle Science
Club, 2; Social Action Forum, 4; Metaphysical Club, 3.
The prefect of our sodality — and
such an able one! Quietly and thor-
oughly has she worked, shepherding
her charges, smoothing out difficulties,
ever capable, ever serene. Before we
referred to her as prefect, she was
noted for her "room". Her un-
bounded hospitality, her helpfulness,
the fact that she was an Academy grad
— no wonder that the annex was
never without a visitor. We don't
doubt that Mary will find happiness
in life — with characteristic foresight
and philosophy facing and overcoming
MARY ANACITA FOGARTY
1 Pleasant St. Three Rivers
B. V. M. Sodality, 1, Secretary 2, Vice Prefect 3, Prefect 4
La Corte Castellana, 1, Secretary 2, 3; M. J. B. Debating Society, 3
"The Marquee", 1, 2, 3, 4; Monsignor Doyle Science Circle, 2, 3,
Metaphysical Club, 3 ; Social Action Forum, 4; A. A., 1, 2; Halloween
Party, Chairman decoration; General Chairman, Cap and Gown Sun-
She belies the theory that brains do
not go hand in hand with beauty. A
"natural" in philosophy, her striking
good looks and ability to wear clothes
made her a unanimous choice for the
Daisy chain and the Fashion Show.
She has the ability to do things — and
do them well. Her enthusiasm and
cooperation have been definite assets
to the class of '39. Add to these her
ability to make friends and we predict
a full life for Gertrude.
GERTRUDE LAURETTA FOOTIT
30 Nevada St. Springfield
Secretary, I. 2 ; Le Cercle Franfa/s. \, 2, i, 4; Le Carte Castellana.
1; A. A., 1, 2. 3; Monsignor Doyle Science Circle. 2; Metaphysical
Club. 3 ; Social Action Forum, 4; "The Marquee", 1, 2. 3. -1; B. V. M.
Sodality, 1, 2, 3, Treasurer 4; Glee Club, 1, 4; Sophomore Hop.
Co-Chairman favors; Freshman Reception. Co-Chairman favors; Asso-
ciate editor, Elmata.
"Ivor" of the "Tribe of Ben" — she
has read all species of hterature but
it is only upon very close questioning
that she ever exhibits her knowledge.
Native talents are an ever ready smile,
a smooth alto voice, which adds a
pleasing harmony to every quartet, and
a sense of rhythm displayed in her
triangle tapping. Her cheery rejoinder
of "Jeezle Beezle" and a few other
choice ones give evidence of her orig-
inality. If eyes have anything to do
with efficiency, Fordie has what it
takes. It is with regret that we bid
her au revoir.
MARIE LOUISE FORD
163 Lenox Ave.
Gk-(r Club, 2, 3, 4; Orchestra, 2, 3. 4; A Capella Chairman, 4
A. A.. 1, 2, 3. 4; Basketball, 1; Monsignor Doyle Science Club, 1, 2
Metaphysical Club, 3; Social Action Foruin, 4; "The Marquee", 3, 4
Le Ctrc/e Fraii(ais. 1, 2, 3, 4; Junior Prom, Chairman favors; B. V. M
Sodality, 1, 2, 3, 4; Class Will.
"Marg" — our foremost exponent of
the "on with the dance" motif. Truck,
Ghde, Lambeth, she does all with a
definite assurance. Popular, her "bon
mots" are keen, and clever. 'Garu's '
laughing personality is felt at meeting
— and that first impression remains.
We always counted on her to keep the
"Commuters' Haven ' in gay mood.
Still, "Garu" does not eschew more
serious business. A real student, she
is excellent in French. And should
we speak of future, we leave "Marg"
with a more than promising outlook —
it is a positive appeal for the best Life
MARGARET MARY GARVEY
146 King St.
B. V. M. Sodality, 1, 2, 3, 4; Monsignor Doyle Science Circle,
1, 2; Le Ceicle Fni>n\i/f. 1, 2, 3, Treasurer 4; A. A., 1, 2; Glee Club,
4; Metaphysical Club, 3; Social Action Forum. 4; Senior Prom, Music
Chairman; Elmata, Associate Editor.
We, of the class of 1939, feel that
Mary should receive an honorary de-
cree in addition to her B.A. — her C.C.
(College Chauffeur) — a mark of dis-
tinction she has earned. If anyone
has given the use of her car and her
time willingly and frequently, it has
been Mary. But that spirit of giving
herself is a charactertistic trait. Those
who have served on committees with
her know how very true this is.
Thoughtful, agreeable, witty, ready for
work, and ready for fun — Mary, for
whom we sincerely wish future suc-
cess and happiness.
MARY CATHERINE GIBLIN
133 King St. Springfield
Le Carch FrarK^aii. 1, 2, 3, 4; Glee Club, 1, 2, 3, 4; B. V. M.
Sodality, 1, 2, 3, 4; 'The Marquee", 1, 2, 4; M. J. B. Debating
Society, 1, 2, 3, 4; Metaphysical Club, 3; Social Action Forum, 4;
Monsignor D(_)yle Science Club, 1, 2; A. A., 1, 2.
We called her "Ann" — because she
was named Anna and preferred Anne.
Remember her crown of golden hair?
Remember her tinkUng laugh? "Ann"
had a quiet, reserved nature that was
only a camouflage for the nature that
was fun-loving and riot-causing. She
was a student, who really made friends
of her books ; she was a musician, too,
with a preference for baritones; she
was a friend who practiced sincerity.
A practical nature bound up with a
love of the beautiful.
ANNE ELIZABETH GILLOOLY
66 Meacham St.
Glee Club, 1, 2, 3, Secretary 4; D. V. M. Sodality, 1, 2, 3, 4;
Monsignor Doyle Science Club, 2; "Tiie Marquee", 1, 2, 3, 4;
Le Cercle Fran(ais. 1, 2, 3, 4; Social Action Forum, -i ; Metapliysicai
Club, 3; A. A., 1, 2.
The scientific genius of our class.
Friendly yet reserved, always well-
groomed, perfectly at ease, and ever
composed, Helen has quietly made her
ability to charm known to all. Though
we loved your attempts to entertain us
with your "petites plaisenteries",
Helen, we're sorry we have to admit
that even now we don't see the point
of your duck joke. Our knowing her
has made us love her, admire and envy
her vast knowledge, and has assured
us that "Keeg " will successfully ter-
minate whatever enterprise she may
attempt in life.
HELEN GERTRUDE KEEGAN
19 Chatham St.
B. V. M. Sodality, 1, 2, 3, i ; A. A., 1, 2; Le Cercle Franftiis,
1, 2, 3; Monsignor Doyle Science Club. Treasurer 2, Vice-President 3,
President l; M. J. B. Debating Society, 2, 3; ' The Marquee", 1, 2, 4;
Glee Club, 1, 2; Social Action Forum, 4; Metaphysical Club, 3.
Eleanor was always ready to devote
her time and energy to any class
activity. Her ability to handle money
was evidenced by her competent bal-
ancing of our class budget for four
years — a job which none of us envied
her. Good sportsmanship, skill in
athletics, capability in any classroom,
attractiveness, emphasized by her wavy
auburn hair and her clever choice of
colors in her wardrobe to bring out
the beauty of that hair, all made her
an outstanding individual and an out-
standing member of the class of '39.
ELEANOR THERESA KELLIHER
25 Abbctt St.
Treasurer, 1, 2, 3, 4; Glee Club, 1, 2. 3; B. V. M. Sod.ility
1, 2, 3, 4; 'The Marquee", 1, 2, 3. 4; Lc Ccicle Fi.i:h\i:k 1, 2, 3. 4
M. J. B. Debating Club, 2. 3; A. A.. 1. 2, Secretary 3. President 4
Monsignor Doyle Science Club. 2; Ser.ior Prom, Chairman Favors
Metaphysical Club, 3; Social Action Foium, 4.
Rather tall, definitely collegiate
looking, and blond. Always ready,
willing, and most able to be our
pianist when we wanted to dance to
the latest swing numbers or when, in
a more serious mood, we wished to
listen to some operatic air. A real
lover of music, a composer as well as
a very clever pianist, an excellent
swimmer and diver, fond of all sports.
All her talents and charms together
with her sweetness, sincerity, and can-
didness make "Lark" a very real per-
sonality, and a delightful person to
MARY MARGARET LARKIN
B. V. M. Sodality, 1, 2, 3, 4; Le Ceicle Fran(ais, 1, 2, 3, 4;
Monsignor Doyle Science Club, 1, 2 ; A. A., 1, 2, 3, 4; "The Marquee",
1, 2, 3, 4; M. J. B. Debating Club, 1, 2, 3, 4; Metaphysical Club, 3;
Social Action Forum, President, 4; Ring Committee, Chairman; Sopho-
more Hop, Music Chairman; Elmata Dance, Music Chairman; Basket-
ball, 1, 2, 3, 4; Class Song.
One girl who could answer all the
questions of any "Information Please".
Extremely well-informed on a variety
of subjects, social and sociable, friendly
to all. "Anne" was an industrious
worker, a valuable member of any
committee, and was generous almost to
a fault. As an interpretive dancer,
she led the troupe in "Pilate's Daugh-
ter", — and as a ballroom dancer, she
would stand out anywhere. Refresh-
ingly lovely, with the unusual com-
bination of blond hair and brown eyes,
so we will always remember her. And
leaving her we wish her all success.
ANNA LOUISE LEHR
68 Parkside St. Springfield
Sodality, 1, 2, 3, 4; A. A., 1, 2, 3, 4; M. J. B. Debating Club,
3, 4 ; Le Cercle Fran(uis. 1, 2, 3, 4; Monsignor Doyle Science Circle,
1. 2; Metaphysical Club, 3; Social Action Forum, 4; Freshman Re-
ception, Co-Chairman Initiation; "The Marquee", 1, 2, 3, 4; Glee
Club, 4; Senior Prom, Chairman Decorations.
A natural born leader! Although
she has directed our class through four
happy years, the word "dominating"
cannot be applied to her personality.
Rather her mind dominates by its
force, clarity, and store of knowledge.
She specialized in debating and dra-
matics, and to those she contributed
much time and labor. We wouldn't
be wrong in saying that her red gold
hair and flawless complexion — com-
plete with a freckle or two on the nose
— are the envy of all. Steak is her
delight, candid cameraing, her hobby.
Her versatility insures her a splendid
EDNA FRANCES LUNNEY
61 Hathaway St.
President, 1, 2, 3, 4; Sodality, 1, 2, 3, 4; M. J. B. Debating?
Club, 2, 3, 4; The Marquee ", 1, 2, 3, President 4; Social Aciion
Forum, 4; Metaphysical Club, 3; A. A., 1, 2; Monsignor Doyle
Science Club, 2; Le Cercle Fmncn/s. 1, 2; Business Manager, and
Petite and pretty, a friend to every-
one, and a good student. "May's"
vocabulary in French as well as in
Spanish has been the envy of us all.
Her willingness to work has been a
boon to the class of '39 — and to the
school — for she's always ready to vol-
unteer her services when she can be of
help to anyone. Whatever her course
of life, we feel sure that our "May "
will be just as successful in it as she has
been during her four years at O. L. E.
MARY MARGARET MAHONEY
2 Pleasant St.
B. V. M. Sodality, 1, 2, 3, 4; Glee Club, 1, 2, 4; U Corle
Ca.Uellana. 2, 3, 4; Le Cercle Fran(ais, 1, 2, 3, 4; M. J. B. Debating
Society, 1, 2; "The Marquee", 1, 2, 3, 4; A. A., 1, 2, 3, 4; Monsignor
Doyle Science Circle, 1, 2; Social Action Forum, 4; Sophomore Hop,
Co-Chairman Tickets; Junior Prom, Ticket Chairman; Elmata Dance,
Publicity Chairman; Basketball, 1, 2, 3, 4.
The cheeriest and friendhest mem-
ber of our class, "Molly", by her
thoughtfulness and lovable nature,
charms everyone with whom she
comes in contact. An eager scholar —
one who is always ready with a con-
tribution, and a conscientious worker —
always the first to rush to the library to
seek that reference mentioned in class.
Remember how sweet and pretty she
looked in her original party dress at
the sophomore Halloween party? We
wish you luck and happiness, "Molly",
and hope that all your dreams come
MARY ANN MARTINIK
10 Barrett St. Clinton
Social Action Forum, 4; Metaphysical Club, President; Co-Chair-
man Picture Committee; Social Action Forum, 4; Monsignor Doyle
Science Circle, 1, 2; M. J. B. Debating Society, 1, 2, 3, 4; "The
Marquee", 1, 2, 3, 4; Le Cercle Fmn(an. 1, 2, 3, 4; La Corle Castel-
lana, 1, 2, 3; Glee Club, 4; B. V. M. Sodality, 1, 2, 3, 4; Prophecy
of the Prophet.
sparkling with joie de vivre, deli-
cately graceful. Loretta has definite
histrionic ability — we can never forget
her superb portrayal of Kate, in Tam-
ing of the Shrew". With marvelous
ease, she can knit her way through
miles of yarn, and a lovely creation
unfolds itself at the end. A second
Barney Oldfield at the wheel, Loretta
can turn her car not on that famous
dime, but sans souci, on the front
lawn. Tolerant and sincere, Loretta is
a marvelous friend, with a whimsical
air about her that draws us to her —
and we remain to love.
LORETTA ROSE McCARRY
281 Lexington St. Springfield
Le Cercle Frunfais, 1, 2, 3, 4; Monsignor Doyle Science Circle, 2;
A. A., 1, 2, 4; Metaphysical Club, 3; Social Action Forum, 4; "The
Marquee", 1, 2, 3, 4; B. V. M. Sodality, 1, 2, 3, 4; Glee Club, 1, 4;
Sophomore Hop, Co-Chairman Tickets; Freshman Reception, Co-
Chairman Favors; Class Prophet.
Claire could have been the model
for Goldsmith's Parson; "even though
vanquished, he argued still." From an
endless store of knowledge gained by
wide reading, she draws proof to back
every point about a current something.
And not content with that, Claire
amazes those ranged around by argu-
ing just as fluently in French or
Spanish. As a publicity manager, she
has been excellent — flooding the
papers with news of our doings.
Gentle, yet carefree, Claire is as pretty
as a picture and so, so interesting to
CLAIRE JULIA McCARTHY
453 Appleton St. Holyoke
B. V. M. Sodality, 1, 2, 3, 4; A. A., 1, 2, 3, 4; Le Cercle
Fnmfais. 1, 2, 3, 4; Lj Corie dislelLiiiii, 1, 2, 3, 4; M. J. B. Debating
Society, 1, 2, 3; "The Marquee", 1, 2, 3, 4; Metaphysical Club, 3;
Social Action Forum, 4; Basketball, 1; Sophomore Hop, Chairman
Publicity; Junior Prom, Chairman Publicity.
Everyone who knows this retiring
young graduate with a twinkle in her
eyes is well aware that no five line
write-up can do justice to its worthy
subject. There are a host of people
who preach charity — Elizabeth prac-
tices it. Kindly, unobtrusive, she has
done a great many thoughtful acts for
the class, and for each individual in it.
Whether we are struggling with a
theory or with decorations, we know
she will come to our rescue. We feel
certain, Elizabeth, that the path of life
you follow will be richly paved with
the choicest blessings.
ELIZABETH ANNE McKENNA
1205 Dwight St. Holyoke
M. J. B. Debating Society, 1, 2, 3, 4; 'The Miirquee", 1, 2, 3, 4;
Monsignor Doyle Science Circle, 1. 2, 3; Metaphysical Club, 3;
Social Action Forum, 4; Le Cercle Frjii(j!\. 1, 2; B. V. M. Sodality,
1, 2, 3, 4; A. A., 1. 2.
Lillian — just one step ahead of most
of us. Throughout four years, she has
remained consistently a good student,
a cooperative classmate, a loyal friend.
A trifle shy, dependable, kindly, she
has shown that "Actions speak louder
than words." Her helping hand,
cheerful disposition, and unusual
sense of balance were always in evi-
dence. Perhaps it is her well known
mathematical and scientific ability that
is responsible for her sense of values.
Whatever its source, Lillian, cling to
it, for it has the power of giving you
lasting friendships, abiding peace, and
LILLIAN JOSEPHINE MOGGIO
31 East St. Chicopee Falls
M. J. B. Debating Society, 1, 2, 3, 4; "The Marquee ', 1, 2, 3, 4;
Monsignor Doyle Science Circle, 1, 2, 3; Metaphysical Club, 3; Social
Action Forum, 4; Le Cercle Fran(uis. 1, 2; B. V. M. Sodality, 1, 2,
3, 4; A. A., 1, 2.
Sincere, patient, understanding, — a
good fellow in any man's college. A
student of the type that made the rest
of us pull a bit harder at our own oar,
and always the type of person who
made us glad that we knew her, A
laugh, a sense of humor were two of
nature's many gifts to her; and a mind
and spirit of unusual strength were
gifts she developed for nature's
Creator. She will always be for us a
model of application and devotion.
EDNA MARIE MORIN
146 Rimmon Ave. Chicopee
Glee Club, Secretary 1, 2, 3, 4; Le Cercle Fran^ais. 1, 2, 3, 4;
Monsignor Doyle Science Circle, 1, 2, 3, 4; Metaphysical Club, 3;
Social Action Forum, 4; B. V. M. Sodality, 1, 2, 3, 4; "The Marquee",
1, 2, 3, 4; M. J. B. Debating Society, 2, 3.
The leader of the "Tribe of Ben",
answers to "Benny", supphes the sine
qua non for our informal councils.
Her speech, sprinkled with Gaelic wit,
her skill in subtle repartee are un-
matched. As editor of the French
Journal, "Chuchotements des Ormes",
"Benny's" supreme ease and familiar-
ity with le fran(,ais were evidenced.
Any ditiiculties she meets are grist to
the mill of her smooth casuality. Her
career is as yet, says Frances, a "moot
question", but with a unique personal-
ity as her banner and youth as her cry,
may new worlds open.
FRANCES JOSEPHINE MULHOLLAND
19 Wesleyan St. Shrewsbury
B. V. M. Sodality, 1, 2, 3, 4; A. A., 1, 2, 3, 4; Glee Club, 1
La Corte Castellanu, 2 ; Le Cercle Franfciis. 1, 2, Vice-President 3, 4
"Chuchotements", Editor, 4; M. J. B. Debating Society, 1, 2, 3
"The Marquee", 1, 2, 3, 4; Monsignor Doyle Science Circle, 1, 2
Sophomore Hop, Chairman Decorations; Junior Prom, Chairman
Decorations; Elmata Dance, Chairman Decorations; Class Historian;
Social Action Forum, Vice-President; Basketball, 1, 2, 3, 4.
She who hasn't missed a Community
Concert in seven years ! Her love is
music — is not merely passive though —
for her pleasant voice has been fea-
tured at many recitals, to say nothing
of her treatment of "Josephine" and
"Bason Street Blues '. Her interest in
things artistic extends beyond the
realms of music — she's an avid reader,
a frequent visitor to the Art Museums,
an ardent coin collector, and an earnest
student of handicrafts — ail in all, a
real patron of the arts. Ambitious and
versatile, this typical Irish colleen
should find happiness and success.
MARY AGNES O CONNOR
61 Parkside St. Springfield
B. V. M. Sodality, 1, 2, 3, 4; Glee Club, 1, 3, 4; Monsignor
Doyle Science Circle, 1. 2; A. A., 1. 2; The Marquee", 1, 2, 3, 4;
M. J. B. Debating Society. 1, 2, 4; La Corie CaUellana. 1, 2, 3, 4;
Metapiiysical Club, 3; Social Action Forum, 4; Class Poet; Freshman
Reception, Chairman Refreshments; Class Banquet, Chairman; Cap
and Gown Sunday, Co-Chairman Refreshments.
Eleanor — firmly upholding her
rights, smooth and graceful on the
dance floor, active and quick in the
basketball game. But she has proved
herself a capable student, too. How
well we remember her satisfied grin as
she sat by and watched us rush
through the homework that she had
done the night before! We hope that
she'll retain these remarkable qualities
through life. Age will one day, of
course, prevent her playing the agile
forward and executing a light footed
dance, but may she ever retain her
honesty, independence and whole-
1-LEANOR MARIE O HEREON
158 W. Alvord St. Springfield
B. V. M. Sodality, 1, 2. 3, 4; A. A., 1, 2, 3, Treasurer 4;
Le Cercle Frani;dis. 1, 2; Glee Club, 4; Monsignor Doyle Science
Circle, 1, 2; Social Action Forum, 4; Metaphysical Club, 3; Junior
Prom, Chairman Refreshments; Freshman Reception, Chairman Enter-
tainment; M. J. B. Debating Club, 1, 2, 3, 4; The Marquee", 1, 2,
3, 4; Basketball, Capiain 1, 2, 3, 4; Assistant Business Manager,
Would you like an opinion on the
most recent best-seller? Or are you
interested in the latest "Mademoiselle"
— indorsed fad ? Then seek out Mary
O'Shea. An avid and intelligent
reader, for she can read and reject as
well as read and report; an ardent de-
votee of bigger and better gadgets and
smoother and sportier styles. "Penny"
would be a welcome addition to any
class. A happy combination of Cath-
olicity and modernity, no doubt she
will travel far on the highway of suc-
cess, for such a combination cannot
36 Bell St.
MARY RITA O SHEA
B. V. M. Sodality, 1, 2, 3, 4; Glee Club, 1, 2, 3; Le Cercle
F>cin(uis. 1, 2; Metaphysical Club, 3; Social Action Forum, 4; M. J. B.
Debating Society, 3, 4; The Marquee", 1, 2, 3, 4; Monsignor Doyle
Science Circle, 2 ; A. A.. 1, 2, 3, 4 ; Senior Prom, Chairman Favors;
Associate Editor, Elmata.
It was a fortunate day for the Mis-
sions when our Sodahty directors ap-
pointed Margaret, the chairman of the
mission committee. It was a work
well adapted to her generous, sym-
pathetic nature. Calls less far-reaching
than that of the missions found the
same willing response, the call of
classmates in scholastic difficulties, the
call of the sick and invalid for com-
panionship. Kind and considerate,
refined and resourceful, Margaret is
one whose company is, and ever will
be, a comfort and relaxation.
MARGARET MARY RILEY
B. V. M. Sodality, 1, 2, 3, 4; Mission Committee Chairman, 4;
Metaphysical Club, 3; Social Action Forum, Secretary 4; Le Cercle
Fran(ais, 1, 2, 3; "The Marquee", 2, 3, 4; Monsignor Doyle Science
Circle, 2; M. J. B. Debating Society, 4; Associate Editor, Elmata.
Ponce, Porto Rico
Died January 9, 1939.
May She Rest hi Peace.
%i ^ 1 1 i X t ^
i. 1 A A 1 1 It A 1
Josephine Rita Albano
Helen Rosalie Barrett
Margaret Gertrude Bresnahan
Philippa Mary Burke
Ann Cecelia Carroll
Marie Eleanor Courtney
Rosemary Ann Cummings
Marguerita Mary Danahey
Dolores Therese Donlin
Margaret Patricia Fitzpatrick
Mary Aniceta Fogarty
Gertrude Lauretta Footit
Marie Louise Ford
Margaret Mary Garvey
Mary Catherine Giblin
Anne Elizabeth Gillooly
Helen Gertrude Keegan
Eleanor Teresa Kelleher
Mary Margaret Larkin
Anna Louise Lehr
Edna Frances Lunney
Mary Margaret Mahoney
Mary Ann Martinik
Loretta Rose McCarry
Claire Julia McCarthy
Elizabeth Ann McKenna
Lillian Josephine Moggio
Edna Marie Morin
Frances Josephine Mulholland
Mary Agnes O'Connor
Eleanor Marie O'Herron
Mary Rita O'Shea
Margaret Mary Riley
President — Edna Lunney
Vice-President — Dolores Donlin
Treasurer — Eleanor Kelleher
Secretary — Margaret Fitzpatrick
JN the laboratory of the brilUant photographer, Ben. D. Veloping, the photographer
and his assistant, John Quill, are busily at work developing four huge rolls of
film which contain the candid shots of the activities of the incomparable class
of 1939— God bless em.
Be>i. D.: You know, John, we really shouldn't have left these films standing for four
years. However, my new developing fluid is so powerful that we can see all these
excellent shots clearly. Shall we try this one dated 1935?
John: It's a logical start; these are (ahem) of great importance — (ahem) — of great
importance — (ahem) our class, you know, Ben.
Be>i. D.: Here, John, what's this one.-* Freshman officers, eh.'' Heh, heh, look at those
uniforms — they were so long they didn't really need shoes or stockings. Look,
there's Edna Lunney, Dolores Donlin, "Gert " Footit, and Eleanor Kelleher — good
beginning. Got another one handy
John: Here's one of our Freshman Reception. Why do Freshmen always have to
Ben. D.: I guess that makes them full-fledged college girls. By the happy expressions,
I guess it couldn't have been too bad. What's here?
Joh/i: Oh that? That's the Christmas Concert — isn't that "Anne"" Carroll among the
Ben. D.: No doubt. You know, even as Frosh, that class began to shine. What's
this drippy one?
John: Oh, that was during the flood, when we were Freshmen. They warned us to
wear our pumps every day so that if we developed water on the knee, we would
be prepared. But it was a great success, because it got us some free days; the day
hops aren't very good swimmers.
Ben. D.: This roll is a bit bigger. But then, Freshmen are always less conspicuous than
Sophomores. The first big event was —
John: The Sophomore Hallowe'en party. Hay, hay! Some good farmer and true
came through with tons of hay and corn stalks. And we had an operetta for
entertainment. Thanks to "Fogey's" management that party marked us as a really
John: Yes, and the cider and doughnuts were good, too. I could put away three or
four right now. Let's go eat.
Ben. D.: Not on your life! These are too good to let them wait. Here's the basket-
ball team — what a team we had that year with Eleanor O'Herron as captain. See
how red the Juniors' faces are, when we defeated them in the "Public Game. "
John: Some class! Here is a big one marked special. There's Marguerita Danahey as
lead in ""Pilate s Daughter."' — ""I go mad."'
John: I swell with pride even now when I think how well she played Leah; and "Phil "
Burke was our Jack-of-all- properties.
Ben. D.: What else have we here of our Sophomore year? (Heh, heh, I'm waxing
]oh)}: Well, here's one of our Sophomore Hop, taken in the spring. We were the
first class to persuade the Reverend Pillars of the Institution to let us have a
Be)i. D.: Do I smell wisteria?
Joh/i: Ycu do! And what fun we had hunting it up. Therese Welch Agnew drove
you and "Fordie" and "Sam" all over Hampden county to find it. But it was
worth the trouble. Now let's eat.
Be>i. D.: What.-* With the Junior year to bring up? Keep your mind off your stomach
and lend me a hand.
johu: All right. Here's a big one.
Ben. D.: Oh, the biggest one of the year. Prom committee, isn't it? That's Therese
Welch Agnew, chairman, and President Lunney, ex-of¥icio. There's "Sam " Carroll
for music and me for decoration — remember the blue and silver roof garden? —
and you, John (heavens, how you've changed!) for tickets and programs, and
"Fordie" for favors, and Eleanor O'Herron for refreshments! (Oh, I knew that
I shouldn't have mentioned that in your present condition!)
John: Even my hunger can't dampen my enthusiasm, when you mention our Prom!
Ben. D.: Let s get on with some more. Here's another Christmas Concert and Passion
Play. Say, did this class lead everything?
John: (modestly) Well — oh, here's Helen Barrett when she headed the Sodality Fashion
Show, and "Rosie " Cummings as Tennis Champ. What a racket that was! Here's
Ben. D.: Some daisies!
John: Oh, that is "Sam" Carroll, "Molly" Martinik, "Annie" Lehr, "Fordie," "Gert"
Fcotit, and Eleanor O'Herron leading the Daisy Chain. That was commencement
Ben. D.: Isn't this the 'mount picnic " with the seniors?
John: One of the nicest parties we ever had. And what a lunch — gosh I'm hungry;
how about going out for a —
Ben. D.: No! Hand me that last film, will you please?
John: This one is labeled 1938-39. Seniors! And did we go to town on our last lap!
Ben. D.: Lap-happy, huh? What's the first? Here, here, this one must be dated
wrong? This looks like 1890.
John: Oh, that was our Gay Nineties Party for Freshman Reception. We had even a
barber shop quartet and floradora tiller review. Here's one of our first big starts
as seniors — our Elmata Stafl^.
Ben. D.: Didn't the Elmata dance come first?
John: These faces seem familiar: "Sam" Carroll, Mary Larkin, you, Ben., and here
Ben. D.: And another attempt to raise money, — the raffle. "Keeg" knitted and we
netted — a pun, my word — about sixty dollars on angora mittens.
John : To get back to the Year Book, where's the one of the staff?
Ben. D.: Right here on top. That's Dolores Donlin, isn't it?
John: She was Editor-in-chief. She worried about the literary end of it.
Be>i. D.: And who worried about the business end of it?
John: Poor Edna Lunney had that headache, but she's a good manager and she had
Eleanor O'Herron to help her worry.
Ben. D.: These must be associate Editors: "Gert " Footit, Mary O'Shea, Margaret Riley,
"Marg" Garvey, and "Sam" Carroll, art editor. No wonder the Eliiiala was so
good that year!
John: Let's hurry. I'm still hun —
Ben. D.: Well, here's "Green Cheese" to satisfy you. That was the Senior Musicale
for the Sodality Reception.
John: Let's see, what's this big crowd?
Ben. D.: That must be one of the lectures; I'll bet that's the night Monsignor Fulton
Sheen packed the house. And here's another crowd.
]oh)i: Oh, that's the committee in charge of the Joint Concert with Holy Cross. You
know, I never realized so many people knew they could sing until we arranged that.
Ben. D.: Oh, it was for the Elniata. eh? I recognize the Editor, the Business Manager,
and "Sam " Carroll, the Glee Club President, And "Gert " Footit for publicity,
Eleanor O'Herron for decorations, and Eleanor Kelleher headed the Reception
Committee — lucky girl, receiving sixty-seven men at one timel
Ben. D.: We must have one of the Senior Play somewhere about. What did you say
was the name of it?
John: "Charm School."
Ben. D.: An appropriate name, judging from this picture. Loretta McCarry had the
lead, did you say?
John: And these worried people could be any Senior during exam week after a mid-
night session with our friend the anaemic cricket in the shower room.
Ben. D.: We seem to be near the end. Isn't this the grotto decked with flowers for
John: And flowers in Commencement week mean another thing — the Prom.
Ben. D.: A social success with "Rosie " Cummings in charge with a swell committee
of "Garve," "Phil" Burke, "Annie " Lehr, Mary O'Shea, Helen Barrett, and Eleanor
Kelleher. It was such fun, it made leaving all the harder.
John: Gosh, I'm still hungry, which reminds me of the Alumnae Banquet. The food
was ummmh !
Ben. D.: Well here we are at the last two: Baccalaureate Sunday — how solemn we all
look — and Graduation Day. That was the day we all shouted, "Look out, world!
Here we come !"
(Ben. D. Veloping), Frances Mulholi.and,
(John Quill), Mary Mahoney.
E, the Senior Class of the College of Our Lady of the Elms, being of normal
mind, keen memory, and imagination, do labor over, and hope to publish
the following, as our last Will and Testament.
We hereby revoke any rash promises or statements heretofore made and all our
hints to future possibilities for any or all our heirs.
To our reverend President, his Excellency, Bishop 0'Li;ary; to our Vice-Presi-
dent, Dr. Rooney; to our Dean, Sister Mary Ligouri, and to all the members of
the faculty, we bequeath our deep affection, and our sincere gratitude, together with the
assurance of everlasting remembrance.
We leave Mary Martinik's sunny disposition in a bottle to be sprinkled in the
corridors on rainy days.
Frances Mulholland relinquishes her many "ameublements" to Kay Gibbons.
Rosemary Cummings and Ann Carroll leave their last year's mail to the office
to be distributed among the undergraduates, when there is a distinct lack thereof. (It
ought to make interesting reading!)
Eleanor O'Herron leaves her athletic prowess to Barbara Norton.
That bottle that had everyone mystified, Edna Morin leaves to Mary Dolan.
Eleanor Kelleher and Margaret Fitzpatrick will their gold dust twins'
costumes to Helen Pratt and Mary O'Donnell.
Claire McCarthy gives up "Caesar Romero" to Ruth Morin.
Philippa Burke wills a dish of stuffed celery to Mary de Paul Power.
Margaret Garvey and Marie Ford will their flaming red wigs to the cast of
next year's Senior Play.
Helen Barrett leaves her portable chaise lounge to the Dean for emergency cases.
Elizabeth McKenna and Lillian Moggio donate their twenty volumes of Dick
Tracy's adventures to the left wing of the library.
Josephine Albano bequeaths her precious fire axe, in its glass case, to any un-
Dolores Donlin wills some technicolored lantern slides of her interpretations of
Joan Davis to the Science Club.
Marie Courtney wills her broken violin to the oral expression room — it may be
used for ornamental purposes.
Mary O'Shea leaves the Old Back Road to Joan Murphy — but she must tread
Mary Larkin wills her technique of soothing savage breasts to Beth Everett.
Edna Lunney offers Smithy to anyone who wants him.
Anne Gillooly wills diet No. 154 to the dietetic department.
Mary Fogarty submits her portrait of the infant Hitler to the history room for
befuddled students to contemplate during exams.
Mary O'Connor wills her glamor to any deserving Junior.
Helen Keegan leaves the answer to the cousin's cousin's aunt's grandmother
story to Kay Walsh.
LORETTA McCarry leaves her parking space on the front lawn to anyone who
"can do it. "
Rita Danahey wills her dramatic ability to Mary Ellen Dowling.
Mary Giblin bequeaths her machine to Helen Connors.
Gertrude Footit transfers her hundreds in philosophy to Julia Flahive.
Anna Lehr leaves her charm to all who can sustain it.
To prove her unselfishness, Margaret Bresnahan leaves her twin sister to the
Margaret Riley leaves her schedule to Marion Haflfke.
May Mahoney wills her flair for fixing hair-dos to her sister Peg.
The Senior Class bestows on Mary Cassidy the honorable title of Gunga Din, for
service rendered in "Pilate's Daughter."
To the Freshman Class, we leave the necessary perseverance to carry on.
To the Sophomore Class, we will our unlimited knowledge.
To the Junior Class, we bequeath our dignity and poise. (Not that they used it!)
We do hereby constitute the Dean of the College of Our Lady of the Elms, sole
executrix of this our last Will and Testament.
Be it known to all that this is the last Will and Testament of the Senior Class.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal in this month of May
in the year one thousand nine hundred and thirty-nine.
J WAS sitting before the fire last night, Ustening to the weekly broadcast of the
"Collegiate Reporter" from O. L. E. This program was presented by the Glee
Club as a tribute to the twenty-year-out class of '39- One instant I was dreamily
watching the leaping flames — the next I was dreaming strange dreams.
I saw myself walking down a long deserted lane. Suddenly I heard a small voice
crying to me to watch my step. I looked around, but, at first, could see no one. Then I
felt a pull at my skirt and saw a tiny figure. I was about to apologize when I noticed
two familiar dimples that could belong to one person only — "Dolor"! "What ever
happened to you?" After an exchange of greetings, she told me that instead of getting
bigger and bigger as she had always thought she would, she had become smaller and
smaller. But she had established herself in a good business as the "Brains" of a midget
show. We were walking along while we talked and presently we were in a thickly-
settled village. A smiling woman carrying a violin approached us. Dolores responded
to her genial greetings, and I was about to ask who she was when a haunting "snap,
snap" of the violin strings caused me to turn, and in the retreating form I recognized
Marie Courtney. When I turned back, I was again alone. I was starting heedlessly
across the street, when a car leaped at me. Its horn screeched "Hank, Hank." Of course
it was Claire McCarthy, who gaily shouted, "Hoiah!"
In dreamlike fashion, I mounted myriad steps to an imposing mansion. I was
just about to ring the bell, when the door mysteriously opened and two ghostly figures
leered "Boo". To my amazement, it turned out to be only Mary O'Connor and Josie
Albano still living their stellar roles in "Pilate's Daughter."
Of the banquet that followed only one impression remains and that is of the big
chocolate cake. I was just biting into it when unaccountably — you know how dreams
are — it became Gertrude Footit. At my astonished exclamation "Gert" said, "Don't
you remember, wherever there's chocolate cake, there am I." She had found her place
in life as cake-tester for Edna Lunney's "Delicious Food Products."
At this point in my dream, I was transported back to my fireside, gazing into a
television set. A kaleidoscopic view of the news of the week flashed before me. Flash !
The colorful commencement parade at West Point marching down Flirtation Walk, led
by Rosemary Cummings. Her knitting needles were keeping time with the music of
the band which followed. In the midst of the student band, I caught a glimpse of
Marie Ford and her ten pupils playing the triangle. The parade was interrupted by a
lively discussion of the possibility of the sixth dimension by two prominent scientists,
Edna Morin and Helen Keegan.
Even television sets will have commercials to hinder our enjoyable programs, if my
dream comes true. For at this point, "Miss Fitzpatrick wished to announce the open-
ing of her new studio. She will specialize in the technique of the black eye — ladies
treated free of charge — 24-hour service — no waiting."
The program continues as Miss Larkin at the console of Woolworth's organ plays
"Tempus Fidgets", the overture to her new opera, "Rush, Rush, Rush." The announcer
again appears, tears streaming down his face, so touched was he by the music. In a
voice shaken by emotion he begs us to use Gilbin's Fine Fireproof Finish, for all
upholstery. It is especially recommended for use in automobiles.
A masked figure now appeared and the voice of the Shadow spoke but the laugh
that followed was not that of the Shadow but the infectious laugh of "Frannie"
Mulholland. She stepped out of the television set into the room with me. "Have you
heard," she said, "that two of our classmates are to broadcast tonight the results of their
twenty years of study.'" I hadn't heard but presently Lillian Moggio and Elizabeth
McKenna appeared on the screen and announced in unison that after many years of
scientific research they had discovered an invisible ink for examinations, for which
they received the "Nobel Prize." Before "Frannie" disappeared I asked her if she had
heard anything of our other classmates at O. L. E. The only one she was in close touch
with was Marguerita Danahey whom she met daily at the studio. "Rita" had a private
office from which all her broadcasts were made. The name on the door was
"M. Danahey, P. S." (Professional screecher). A talent scout had discovered her at
her last performance as "Leah" at O. L. E. She has amassed a great fortune and only few
people know that all screeches heard are produced by M. Danahey.
She had also heard that Margaret Riley had taken the place of the "Singing Lady"
and was beloved by all for sweet and charming ways. Next on the program was a
review of best sellers. This part of my dream is rather hazy. The first book was "The
Importance of Being Honest" — experiences drawn from actual happenings in the life
of the author, Eleanor O'Herron. Then came Eleanor Kelleher's sequel to "Tips to
Treasurers," entitled "The Art of Collection." Carroll and McGahan's illustrated text-
book for children dedicated to Shadrack, Mishad, and Bendigo, followed. In the latest
edition of Who's Who, Miss Mary Martinik is "Who". She is famous for her draw-
ings of men. A play by Philippa Burke, was given a favorable review — as were the
costumes and designing for it done by the firm of Barrett and O'Shea.
As this last report came over the set, the room where I was faded away and I was
approaching the lane on which my dream had begun. But how different it was now!
Brilliant lights and happy voices made the sight a joyous one. A sign directly in front
of me read, "Mary Fogarty's Haven of Rest and Quiet." Before I had gone much
farther a ticket office appeared, and a familiar voice asked, "How many, please?"
Before I had a chance to reply, the voice continued, "Uno, dos, tres.'" When I inter-
rupted with, "One, please," she seemed very much hurt. I made a note to find out
who she was. I entered and Mary Fogarty, genial and smiling as usual, approached me.
She informed me that the girl in the ticket office was "May" Mahoney. She had
found this way of making use of her ability as ticket salesman and of her Spanish.
The Haven of Rest and Quiet, however, proved to be a misnomer. The noise was
deafening. Anne Gillooley was seated at a baby grand piano frantically and feverishly
pounding on the keys. While near the piano a dancer was interpreting this weird music.
Because of the swiftness of her movements, I had much difficulty in recognizing this
"Whirling Dervish" as Anne Lehr. Seated on the piano in true Helen Morgan style,
was "Garve", singing in her own inimitable way — a way conducive neither to rest nor
quiet. To make the place more definitely a misnomer "Marg" Bresnahan was there
directing these three mad "artists ' with a series of "one, two, three's", beating out the
tempo with a birch rod.
An especially discordant note brought me back from the land of dreams. I woke
with a start and found that the flames of my fire were now merely glowing embers.
The station at O. L. E. was just signing off, and wishing the best of luck to the class
of '39 wherever they might be.
Lor ETTA McCarry.
Prophecy On the Prophet
by Mary Ann Martinik
HILE travelling down the Great White Way I see before me a well-known name
ablaze with countless spiendrous lights. The name has been hailed as Broad-
way's star of many seasons. This star is none other than our Loretta McCarry
of college days. She has progressed rapidly from her many brilliant performances in
our dramatic clubs. Now she is the most gifted actress of the American stage. Her
dramatic triumphs are far reaching and from the blazing fires of her genius, she sends
forth to the world a glow that bathes the daily lives of her admirers in a rosy glow that
warms their hearts with a love for all that is beautiful in the realm of Thespian arts.
PiesiJent — Dlborah Clancy
Vice-President — Dorothy Clifford
Treasurer — Margaret Meehan
Secretary — AoNES GULLY
HREE years ago, we welcomed a genial freshman class. We were charmed with
them at sight, for they were "all around" girls. Now after three years of close
association with them, we find that our first attraction has turned into a deep and
lasting admiration. Their fidelity to the college and their loyalty to their class, has been
a shining example for all of us. To them, "class spirit" is not a mere word; it is a
reality. Friendly, cooperative, fun loving — thus we found them and thus we leave them.
In the academic field, they have distinguished themselves at our public assemblies.
In the social field, they have gained for themselves well merited praise, for our various
clubs boast of a goodly representation of Juniors among their active members. In men-
tioning social activities, we must slip in a word of congratulation to this class for the
successful bridge and tea and the dehghtful Prom which they conducted this year. We
must also add a very special "thank you" to the class of '40 for their work as the
hostesses of our memorable Cap and Gown Sunday. Rest assured that "a very pleasant
time was had by all."
Our parting wish to the coming Seniors is aptly expressed in a little gem from the
pen of Brian O'Higgins.
"May every blessing this life can hold
Be yours in fullest measure,
May content, that is better than gems or gold.
Fill your future days with pleasure.
May clouds ne'er gather above your way,
Nor grief, nor gloom oppress you,
And every hour and every day
May God befriend and bless you."
Virginia A. Adams
Rita M. Burke
Cathhrinh F. Bresnahan
Marion A. Cantwell
Chicopee Falls, Mass.
Agnes M. Cassidy
Deborah M. Clancy
Dorothy C. Clifford
F. Aniceta Decker
So. Deerfield, Mass.
A. Ruth Dineen
Mary T. Dolan
Catherine C. Dougherty
Mary Rose Durnin
No. Adams, Mass.
Catherine A. Fitzgerald
Chicopee Falls, Mass.
Julia A. Flahive
Helen L. Gorman
M. Agnes Gully
Lorraine C. Horan
Constance T. Kennedy
Annette M. LaLiberte
Margaret C. Mahoney
Margaret E. Meehan
M. Ruth Moran
Barbara A. Norton
Carmen O. Padilla
Ponce, Porto Rico
Marie A. Stone
Mary A. Venancio
Newport, R. I.
President — Mary O'Connor
Vice-President — Constance Stiles
Treasurer — Mary Desmarais
Secretary — Mary Callahan
fOU must forgive us if we become over-zealous in extolling the praises of our sister
class. Quiet, always dependable and rather conservative, they, the Sophomores,
have won their way into all of our hearts. As valuable members of all of the
social organizations of the college — giving to the Glee Club and Orchestra some of its
most outstanding musicians and to the Dramatic Club some of its most talented per-
formers, making the debates as well as all basketball and tennis games the interesting
exhibitions of friendly inter-mural rivalry that they are — the members of the Class of '41
have distinguished themselves as one of the grandest classes ever enrolled at O. L. E.
When they first acted as hostesses at the Hallowe'en Party, which they gave in our
honor, we realized that as a class, the Sophomores are enterprising and generous, as well
as clever and active. The party was an ingenious one and in every way a social success.
To add to all of their other accomplishments, their marvelous achievements in the
scholastic field, makes us feel that without a doubt each and every member of our sister
class is destined for great things. We realize your capabilities, your talent, and your
efficiency. May we later realize that all of our wishes for your success have been fulfilled.
Laconia, N. H.
Chicopee Falls, Mass.
Gt. Barrington, Mass.
Three Rivers, Mass.
Mary O Donnell
W. Springfield, Mass.
Gt. Barrington, Mass.
Chicopee Falls, Mass.
President — Katherine Kelly
Vice-President — Jane Khegan
Treasurer — Mary Toole
Secretary — Mary Shea
HEY came to us with a sweet and youthful gaiety, which seems to be a definite
characteristic of each one. It is the aura which they shed over all they meet.
It is evident in their words and in their actions; — we meet them at a Prom, or
we simply pass them in a casual greeting on the campus and their charm is always there.
May you Freshmen preserve that spirit of joyousness always. With it, you can surmount
all odds. In the more serious line of scholastic work our Freshmen have lived to the
high and lofty standard, demanded by the college. They are active members of the
various clubs, and always on hand for extra-curricular activities.
Now, as we, the Seniors, prepare to leave our Alma Mater, and you, as Freshmen,
continue your college life, so wonderfully begun, may we give this parting advice.
Should you at any time lose hope and grow weary of the difficulties inevitably met on
the "royal road to learning," pause a moment in the Rotunda and read these words of
the Blessed Mother who presides over the destinies of our college;
I am the Mother
of Fair Love
And of Fear
And of Knowledge
And of Holy Hope.
W. Springfield, Mass.
Mary Ellen Dowling
W. Springfield, Mass.
Gt. Harrington, Mass.
Mary Jane Nesbit
Ponce, Porto Rico
Alice Van Keuran
No. Adams, Mass.
W. Springfield, Mass.
President — Mary Fogarty
Vice-President — Mary Rose Durnin
Treasurer — Gertrude Footit
Secretary — Helen Finnegan
Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality
Dear Senior Sodalists:
OMMENCEMENT DAY should be indeed "commencement" for you; the com-
mencement of a fuller and richer life. For the past four years, under the vigilant
care of Our Lady of the Elms, you have continued to prepare for your life work.
We say "continued to prepare," because, according to our standards, the power of
education begins in infancy, ends with death. Its fruits are ours in full only in eternity.
Your life's work is not simply a matter of entering a profession. It is the sum total
of your thoughts, words, and actions, weighed on the balance of eternity. You have
completed your life work when you have reached your destiny. Your destiny is not
man-given, but God-given. It is not of this world, but of the world to come. Your life
work is completed only when you have reached your final goal — infinity of years with
the Lover of souls.
As Sodalists, you have additional graces to help you attain your end. You have
the patronage and love of Christ's own Mother. No mortal pen has ever done justice
to the most beautiful of all words, "mother". Think how much more powerless it is
in acclaiming Christ's Mother! But remember this, Sodalists, she is always there, always
listening for your "Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands. "
Mary is not only your patron, she is your model. In her you have the quintessence
of every virtue. If you wish a truly strong and beautiful character, study Mary. If you
are in doubt as to how to cope with a problem, study the life of Mary. If you wish
to know the purest and deepest meaning of love, study the heart of Mary. If you are
longing for the abiding peace of sanctity, study the soul of Mary.
Yes, Sodalists, we expect you to be upright Catholics — not merely passive, but active.
We expect you to prove yourselves loyal subjects of Mary and her Son by your every
thought and word and act. We expect you to reach your destiny, too, Sodalists, on
the high road of — "To Jesus Through Mary."
Debating Club Officers
President — Marguerita Danahey
Vice-President — Lorraine Horan
Treasurer — JosiE Murray
Secretary — Helen Finnegan
M. J. B. Debating Club
HE world today is crying for men and women who can "think straight" — who can
view this changing, chaotic universe with broad tolerant minds, and yet keep
the supreme goal of life in clear view. The world needs critics who can build
on foundations of sound philosophy where now tottering superstructures are threatening
to fall because of the unsound and destructive philosophy on which they are reared.
It is the students of our Catholic colleges, who must undertake this task, and who
must accomplish it, both for the future happiness cf their own lives and for the future
well-being of their country. The task is tremendous, the means of accomplishing it
comparatively few in number. Yet there is no better college function that aims toward
this goal than the debating club. Here the knowledge gained through religion and
through philosophy is tested when applied to world affairs. Here conditions and forces
that shape our world may be compared and judged according to Christian standards.
Thinking women of tomorrow, the leaders of the future, are trained, and formed
through these societies.
Society today has accepted informal speaking as its particular style. There is no
better ground for the development of this social poise than the formal debating rostrom
of the college debating clubs. Here the practice in forensic speaking according to deter-
mined rules — that is with material studied beforehand, practiced with eloquence and
stress on good diction and gestures — .sets a background that cannot be equalled as a train-
ing preparation for both formal and informal public and private speech.
In naming the good effects of debating, however, we must not forget that poise,
grace and ease in all company is one of the inevitable results. A finished speaker, one
who can speak intelligently and at the same time with confidence and poise, is a boon
today. Formal debating stresses these points and makes speaking an art.
These are the tasks that the Mother John Berchmans Debating Society has attempted
to accomplish. Its members, past and present, are living proofs that its work is well
done. You will find that its graduates are Catholic "thinking" women — well able to
cope with modern problems.
To the students of the class of '39 who helped sustain the record of the club — we
extend our sincere thanks. You have ably upheld the record of your predecessors.
Dramatic Club Officers
President — Edna Lunney
Vice-President — Marie Stone
Treasurer — Margaret Gallagher
Secretary — Mary Callahan
" ^\ LL the world's a stage " quoth Shakespeare, and since that time people have
been busy forming dramatic clubs in order that they may better act their parts
upon that stage. In our own dramatic club we have used a double-headed
dart with which to reach our mark. One of the aims is to train young untried artists
in the rudiments of acting — and the other aim is to give them a knowledge of the
American stage and its personalities.
Acting through all ages has had a universal appeal for people, and it is that appeal
that drives youth toward the stage and footlights. It is but fitting and proper then,
that in college the young be given an opportunity to test and develop their talent.
The club selects plays that can be easily handled by an amateur troupe, and through
friendly assistance and advice the essentials of acting are learned. The atmosphere of
the theatre is carried out as far as possible, and calls into play those who are interested
in the back-stage work of the theatre. The audience are the critics, and at the same time
the students of the little theatre. Through these means our productions are both enter-
taining and instructive, and our theatre is our workshop.
The legitimate theatre is claiming the spotlight today with a glamour it has not had
in a decade. Young people are vitally interested in stage personalities and in the plays
that are currently popular in our major cities. The dramatic club has attempted to
foster this growing interest by reviewing popular plays, and their leading stars, believing
that a knowledge of the people who form the world of make-believe will awaken interest.
And now the time has come for the class of '39 to bow to a grand finale. Their
final curtain call brings back many members who have excelled in acting, and who have
been active in the work of the dramatic club. Marguerita Danahey may well be the
first to graciously acknowledge the applause of both the society, and the school. Her
work as Leah in Pilate's Daughter will long be remembered. Gertrude Footit, Loretta
McCarry, Margaret Fitzpatrick and Marie Courtney, too, deserve our applause and
special thanks for their work during four years.
Our society has had the advantage of a capable directress and to her the society
and the class of '39 extend thanks for her work in fostering young hopes.
Athletic Association Officers
President — Eleanor Kelleher
Vice-President — Margaret Mahoney
Treasurer — Eleanor O'Herron
Secretary — Mary Noonan
JF you enjoy sports the Athletic Club welcomes you at the College of Our Lady
of the Elms. If you enjoy the companionship of good fellows, you are doubly
welcome. Good fellowship and sportsmanship are the watchwords of the
The spirit of friendly competition, that is fostered as a training for youth, is found
in the spirited games that annually take place among the four classes. The world today
cries "Let them learn to take it"; and the best classroom for the inculcation of that
lesson is the sportsfield. There the contestants are taught to win with modesty, and
to lose with grace. Clean, hard playing and team work are qualities demanded of the
members of the various teams, and a more splendid training for the winning of future
laurels is hard to find.
The spirit of contentment with fellowman, and the thorough enjoyment of social
life are stressed, too, through the activities of the club. The friendly banter of a club
lunch, the feeling of closeness in the singing of old, familiar songs, the hearty cheer
for a victorious team, the friendly hand of sympathy to tired losers, — all these tie very
firmly the knot of friendship.
To Miss Long the club owes a debt of gratitude for her persistent, untiring efforts
to carry on the work of the club. Her spirit will remain as a treasured keepsake to
those, who knew and worked under her.
The class of '39 will not be forgotten for the part played by its members in the
club's activities. Theirs was the spirit of leadership ; and theirs, the energetic enthusiasm
which did much to advance the club. Eleanor O'Herron, Eleanor Kelleher, Margaret
Fitzgerald, Frances Mulholland, Mary Mahoney, all deserve a cheer for the carrying of
their class and the club to many victories during our four years.
Musical Clubs Officers
President — Ann Carroll
Vice-Presideiit — Margaret Meehan
Treasurer — Helen Finnegan
Secretary — Anne GlLLOOLY
N after years, the lovely strains of Christmas music will recall to our hearts and
glittering Christmas tree, while from the balcony above, the members of the
Musical Clubs, with softened voices and muted strings, ushered in the Christmas season,
with praise for the Babe of Bethlehem. Truly heavenly it was; like unto that first
"Silent Night," when angels announced the blessed birth at the sacred Inn.
Then, in April, the Musical Clubs surpassed their former successes, when in
collaboration with the Holy Cross Glee Club and Philharmonic Orchestra, they presented
a public concert in Veritas Auditorium at the Elms. The program was excellent in
every way. The combined clubs were under the direction of Professor Edward Bouvier
of Holy Cross. Our club, responding to the splendid coaching of our Reverend
Directress, followed admirably the leadership of Miss Ann Carroll, '39. Some of the
loveliest compositions ever written were presented:
minds a picture of breathtaking beauty — the shadowy Rotunda, lighted only by a
"Song of the Steppes"
"Emitte Spiritum Tuum"
As we left Veritas Auditorium, we felt that here, indeed, was a place
Where Music dwells
Lingering and wandering on as loth to die.
Like thoughts whose very sweetness yielded proof
That they were born for immortality.
Le Cercle Francais Officers
President — Rosemary Cummings
Vice-President — ACNES GuLLY
Treasurer — Margaret Garvey
Secretary — Mary O'Donnell
Le Cercle Francais
OMPLETING another year of special activity, the French Club has again proven
to be a potent factor in the scholastic and social life of the school. From the
scholastic viewpoint, it supplements and makes more practical the work of the
classroom. The average student is too prone to think of French as a subject, peculiar
to the classroom, a subject whose essence is intense memory work on verb forms and
rules of grammar. However, French, to be worth while, must be an integral part of
the everyday life of those who study it. Otherwise, it is obvious that there would be
lacking the vital factor, showing the real meaning and beauty of the French language.
At Our Lady of the Elms, this factor is Le Cercle Franq:ais. In Le Cercle, French
is spoken exclusively not only at the business meetings, but at all social functions as well.
Membership is open to all, and there are many and varied activities to encourage the
students to join. The interesting entertainments, songs, games, debates, parties, and
initiations stimulate a friendly atmosphere, which encourages conversation and helps to
develop the student socially. The Journal reports on items of interest in the school, and
at the same time encourages writing on the part of the students.
The final outcome is the training of the ear and tongue in the living speech, which
means the mastery of the foreign idiom.
El Corte Castellana Officers
Piesideiit — ANN CARROLL
Vice-Pye.uJe)it — Ca r m en Padi l la
Treasurer — Irma Padilla
Secretary — Barbara Norton
El Corte Castellana
A LARGE number of those making up the nations of South America are of Spanish
descent. Their culture is Spanish and they speak the Spanish language. They
are our neighbors with whom our future is closely linked and with whom we
should be, literally, on speaking terms. In the Spanish language are written some of
the greatest literary masterpieces of the world. The Spanish dramatists, novelists, poets,
and essayists of the past and of the present rank with the best of France and England.
The language, literature, and intellectual life of our American neighbors, who have
inherited much from Spain, as we have from other European nations, merit our study.
Students of Spanish at our college realize the benefits to be accrued from a study
of Spanish and correlate their formal study of the Castillian language, literature and life
with an informal, practical application of it at their monthly gatherings of El Corte
Castellana. Following the regular parliamentary beginnings of every meeting, there is
a monthly social hour. All members of the club participate in plays, games, songs, and
many other types of entertainment, which afford opportunities of conversing in the
foreign language, and of applying in a practical way, the vocabulary, and rules of
grammar, which have been learned in a formal manner in the classroorri.
The Corte is particularly fortunate in having as very active and valuable officers
the Senoritas Carmen and Irma Padilla of Porto Rico, who have labored unceasingly
to make the club one of the outstanding social organizations of our college.
classical Club Officers
President — Mary Powers
Vice-President — Constance Stiles
Treasurer — Helen Connors
Secretary — Mary Callahan
F all the subjects in the scholastic field, Latin is the most debated. Exponents
of so-called progressive education discard it because, they say, it contributes
little toward furthering "social efficiency." We are not in accord with this
trend of thought, and we feel that we have ample proof to substantiate our position.
First of all, even our opponents agree that Latin has a cultural value. That argu-
ment in itself justifies the place of Latin in the school curriculum. Remarkable as this
scientific age is, it has not yet produced a machine that will imbue culture into an
individual. Culture can be obtained only by developing and by improving, according
to educational standards, all our God-given faculties. Deep thinking along logical lines,
varied reading, worthwhile contacts, — all these have their place in cultural training.
It is essentially putting life on a selection and rejection basis, — taking the good, leaving
the evil. This cannot be accomplished overnight. It requires time, patience, open-
mindedness, discrimination, powers of evaluation. True culture enables man to see life
in its fullest and best sense. If knowledge of the Latin language, and acquaintance
with Latin literature, enables us to find a richer significance in life, why not seek them.-*
The world has many representatives of the "brainstorm country." It needs more of the
clear hemisphere, where logic, thought, and appreciation rule harmoniously.
Our success in the business or professional world is per se based on the habits of
our mind. The mind, like the body, can best be trained by exercise. In our physical
education we aim at the development of the whole body. In attaining this end there
must be variation in our exercise. So, too, in training our minds, we must develop the
whole mind. To bring about this development, a variety of mental exercises is necessary.
Classical scholarship is an effective means to this end, because it puts into action all
What about the practical value of Latin } Let us take but a cursory glance at
some of the vocational fields. The now flourishing lawyer really made his debut in
the Latin class room where he pleaded the cause of his translation. The doctor made
his first diagnosis and worked out his first prognosis, the first time he put an English
sentence into Latin. The chemist who faithfully learned conjugations still deals with
memorized forms of symbols, which speak to him in a mystical and wondrous tongue.
The writer laid the foundation for all his future success by observing the close relation-
ship between the meaning of words and the context, by noting the subtlest shades of
meaning. The psychologist received his first insight into the nuances of thought, when
he analyzed the thought development of mighty intellects. By learning the rules of
syntax and by developing the ability to apply these rules readily and correctly, the nurse
opened new vistas to herself. The teacher who stood in awe of the wisdom and of
the beauty of the classical verities, must now transmit the lessons she gleaned from
them and from other fruitful sources. Men in the world of business can use their
powers of keen observation and close reasoning to good advantage, for "the trained
mind can master the problems of business better than the untrained."
So, it is for the members of the Classical Club, who had the good sense and clarity
of vision to recognize the cultural, intellectual, and practical values of Latin, that the
Class of '39 prays "Pax et benedictio Dei descendant super vos et maneant in vitam
Science Club Officers
Pies/Jent — Helen Keegan
Vice-President — Marie Stone
Treasurer — CARMEN Padilla
Secretary — Helen Pratt
^*rHE MONSIGNOR DOYLE SCIENCE CIRCLE centers its interest about the
if ^ progress which science has made and is making today. "Science" — that magical
little word that has unfolded for us new worlds of health, of knowledge, of
The members of the club prepare papers on some phase of scientific investigation
before the public today. Informal discussions are held regarding the relative merit of
this research work. Illustrated lectures bring before the eye the rapid strides science
is making, and add to the popularity of the club.
This age is essentially "science conscious." Even educators and philosophers are
trying to reduce life to scientific data. Is it not important, then, that young Catholic
women acquaint themselves not only with the broad scope of this comprehensive subject,
but also with its limitations .•'
The gates that lead to the vast field of science are flung open. The class of 1939
sincerely hope that present and future members of the Science Circle, guided by Truth
Itself, will enter those portals and profit by the richness of the store awaiting them.
Philosophy Club Officers
Senior President — Mary Larkin
Sen/or Vice-President — Frances Mulholland
Senior Secretary — Margaret Riley
]i/nior President — Virginia Adams
Junior Vice-President — Agnes Gully
Junior Secretary — HELEN GORMAN
HE responsibility of preparing for true leadership descends as a solemn obligation
upon Catholic college girls the moment they enter a Catholic school where there
is but one Head Master, Christ. Their contribution to the welfare of society
and to the spread of the Kingdom of God upon earth depends upon the studies they
pursue and the spirit in which they pursue them.
Two things are essential for the Catholic leader: a perfect knowledge of the faith
and a thorough training in its application to present-day conditions. From the very
beginning, apologists have stressed the importance of a firm rational foundation for
faith. Through her classes in religion, the student in a Catholic college becomes
acquainted with the truths of her faith ; through her classes in philosophy, she learns
how to prove from reason the existence of God, the fact of a human soul and its
qualities, and the general laws governing thought and the pursuit of truth.
To define philosophy adequately is about as difficult as the unravelling of the
Gordian knot. Each succeeding age, each contemporary school offers a distinct explana-
tion of the term. Although so diflf^erent, these distinctions have the same essential
fundament underlying, which might find expression thus, that philosophy is the science
of things in their ultimate causes, in so far as these can be known by the light of natural
reason. The object of this science is the universe, and it ever seeks to know the reasons
not only for the existing, but even for the possible and impossible. Its purposed object
is the universe. Its Supreme object is God.
The Catholic college girl studies philosophy for two main reasons: — first, to train
her for true leadership in the world in which she is to take her place ; secondly, to make
fertile and enriched the mind, the barren soil which philosophy receives, by the study
of the problems presented for consideration and by the intellectual eflFort required for
Let us first consider the effects accruing from the magnitude of its intellectual view.
The achievements of the other sciences become insignificant when compared with the
seemingly superhuman accomplishments of philosophy.
Again, the human mind ever seeks answers to the innumerable questions that
present themselves as to the origin of the universe, man, life, etc. Students are fascinated
by the mystery that ever enshrouds them, and are not satisfied until they grasp the reward
of their endeavor, a reward attainable in the study of philosophy.
Philosophical study is further disciplinary in that none of its results can rest on
mere authority. Each individual student must exercise his own activities to reach the
dogmatic results. For example, the fundamental facts in astronomy or chemistry are
given the student outright and so only the result is gained. The mental processes
which originally led to the result are not imposed upon the student. Inasmuch as it
is the process which chiefly imparts the discipline, it is seen that just as far as results
are gained, exclusive of the process, the most important end of education, namely,
that of developing man himself, is lost; or rather, not attained. With the study of
philosophy such is not the case. We cannot separate the product from the process.
We cannot reach the result of the author unless we go through the precise mental
process, or a similar one, whereby he reached his result.
In the study of the other sciences, a certain degree of mental training is attainable,
but in the study of the ""Queen of the Natural Sciences" — philosophy — man finds the
mental training which leads to a full development of all of his intellectual powers.
General Chairman — Rosemary Cummings
Comm'ntee Chahwen — Eleanor Kelleher
3T lies in the very near future, our Senior Prom. It holds unknown joys in store
for us, and yet we look forward to it with sadness. It will be our last gathering
as students of Our Lady of the Elms. Then again, — it is our "prom". That
word has a magic effect on us, and our spirits rise in anticipation: soft lights — a warm
spring evening — the stir of fragile gowns — sweet swing — and happiness — and friends —
and laughter — and youth — and high hopes.
Chairman Ex-Officio —
Coniuiittee Chairnien —
MOOTH simplicity was the keynote of our Junior Prom. The glamour of a
starlight rocf with its midnight blue and silver was a stroke of genius on the
part of our decoration committee. Special blue lighting effects added to the
color scheme. Collegiate couples danced under a luminous moon to Dol Brissette's
Sophisticated Swing. Frantic days of preparation were spent so that this event would
meet the high standards set by our previous undertakings. The final perfection and
enjoyment fully repaid us, and we shall always remember the perfect joy of real satis-
Committee Chairmen — Mary Larkin
/"-gt^UR Sophomore Hop was an innovation — the first one at O. L. E. It filled the
I |LJ need of a spring "informal". Our enthusiasm spread through the entire student
body; and everyone turned out for the soiree. The gym was gaily decorated,
and music was furnished by the Holy Cross Dance band, led by Tom Donlin. The
success of this our first informal dance gave us high hopes for our forthcoming Junior
Cap and Gown Sunday
Sober, steadfast, and demure,
All in robe of darkest grain,
Flowing with majestic train,
And sable stole of cypress lawn
Over thy decent shoulders drawn.
HUS were the Seniors on that glad day, when in official manner, we donned the
coveted cap and gown for the first time. Many a time we had posed in the
Seniors' gowns, and sighed enviously for the time when we would have earned
the right to wear them.
In a beautiful ceremony in our chapel, we received the blessing of the Sacred Host
from the hands of His Excellency, Bishop O'Leary. It was an added pleasure to have
for our speaker, the Reverend Frederick McCarten of the Society of Jesus. In his
address. Father McCarten impressed upon us the obligation of following in our own
lives, and of teaching to others the principles of the true Christian Education which
we have received here at Our Lady of the Elms. Later, when we were presented to
His Excellency, our Most Reverend Bishop, we again received his blessing, and heard
repeated his fervent prayer that we never fail the trust that is placed in us, the wearers
of the Cap and Gown.
Editor-in-Chief — Dolores Donlin
Business Manager — Edna Lunney
Asst. Business Mgr. — Eleanor O'Herron
Associate Editors — Mary O'Shea
Art Editor — ANN Carroll
General Chairman — Dolores Donlin
Committee Chairmen — Loretta McCarry
Mary Larkin Gertrude Footit
Mary O'Connor Margaret Garvey
Eleanor O'Herron Anna Lehr
AY, indeed, was the "Nineties" party at which we welcomed the Freshmen to O. L. E. —
Do you remember?
After a candle light supper in O'Leary Hall, at tables frivolously decorated in red and white,
we introduced the Freshmen to their first song fest on their first "Elms Night."
They're a grand group of girls, aren't they? Remember what good sports they were, when
we all went over to the gym for the much dreaded initiation? There was a singing contest, and
there were games, and they willingly did whatever was asked of them. The freshmen were not
the only ones to perform. We had also a Senior "Potter Palmer," accompanied by a stylish belle
in plumes and sashes, a bustle and leg-o-mutton sleeves. Then to the tune of "Strolling Thru the
Park One Day," a group of Floradora Girls went through a tiller routine.
When each and every newcomer to the halls of O. L. E. had been introduced to the three
upper classes the beaus and belles swung into an old fashioned cotillon followed by the schottische,
polka and waltz. Then came the newer "Lambeth Walk" and the "Big Apple." So did a trip to
the dim days of the "Nineties" end with an uproarious "truckin" back to the newer, if not gayer
days of the "terrific thirties."
"Come Ta- Ra- Ra-Boom — De- Ay " in the grand old way.
We've a party planned for the Nineties Gay —
Girls dressed in ruffles, plumes, and sashes,
Beaus in checked trousers and wild moustaches."
General Chairman —
,N October 31, the Class of '39 made its debut as "hostesses". The gym was
transformed into a barn, — hay was strewn on its floor: lanterns and pumpkins
were hung, and sophomores, clad in black and orange welcomed the seniors
and the college faculty to their first party. In such a setting, it is no wonder that the
Hallowe'en spirit ran high. Songs, dances, specialty acts, a grand march, costume prizes,
pranks and the recognized fall refreshments, — cider and doughnuts — filled the evening's
bill. The highlight of the evening, however, came for us as the seniors, each bearing
her gift and favor, bade us good evening, assuring us that our party was the "best ever."
Then did we feel that we had reached the pinnacle of success, — we had carried on the
Elms tradition of more spirited and more novel parties.
General Chanman —
CoDJinittee Chan nieih
^■''HE Bohemian atmosphere must be conducive to congeniality. Its prototype at
Af ^ the Elms certainly was. On the eve of Armistice Day, the gym was transformed
into a Bohemian Night Club, and general good fellowship was everywhere
prevalent. It was the occasion of the Elmata dance — the first money-making project
of the year. If it was successful in the financial end (and it was) it was much more
successful in the splendid college spirit it displayed.
^<(^ATHER McCARTEN was the retreat master for this our last retreat. From this
retreat, we derived not only spiritual benefits, but many practical applications
of our religious training as well. Father McCarten's treatment of modern
problems was a fitting conclusion for our collegiate retreats, since it prepared us to face
every-day questions from a modern Catholic viewpoint. The last day of the retreat,
he called a conference in the lounge of the members of the Senior class. We discussed
the theatre, travel, current books and modern art. We shall remember Father McCarten
for his outstanding personality, and genial humor, as well as for the spiritual benefits
we derived from his conferences.
Mid 'Winter Lecture Series
3N these days of "isms", propaganda, accusations, repercussions, and clouded issues,
it is more than usually necessary for the Catholic college student to have a clear
idea of the Church's stand on modern problems. We must know and understand
her theory, if we are to be able to discuss intelligently questions of the day without
being led astray by illogical thinking.
Realizing this we are, indeed, deeply grateful to our faculty for bringing to us in
our senior year outstanding speakers, who treated Catholism and Americanism in masterly
fashion. To those men, each a speciaHst in his own field, we will always be indebted
for their clear and logical expositions.
These Friday night lectures were given by members of the faculty of the Catholic
University over a period of six weeks. On January 13, the series opened with a lecture
by Dr. George Johnson on "Catholicism and Youth." The following week Monsignor
Edward Jordan gave a correlating talk on "Catholicism and Education."
The subject of "Catholicism and Philosophy" was treated by Rev. Ignatius Smith,
O. P. Monsignor John Haas analyzed the labor problem in "Catholicism and Labor."
Closely allied with this was Monsignor Ryan's lecture on "Catholicism and Social
Action." The series was closed on February 17 with the lecture of Monsignor Fulton
J. Sheen on "Catholicism and Communism. '
We may not remember every fact presented. Undoubtedly, many salient details
have escaped us; but it has been indelibly impressed upon our minds that our Church
has today, in this hodge-podge of conflicting philosophies, definite, just, and reasonable
theories for solving modern problems of social and political life.
Tribute to Our Alumnae
OR the last time as Seniors, we speak to our alumnae. We are deeply grateful
to them for their kindness and cooperation during the past four years, and most
especially for the help extended to us in this, our last year. Membership in
their body is a pleasure to which we are all looking forward, and of which we hope
to be worthy.
HE College of Our Lady of the Elms lost a loyal supporter and a sincere friend
on January 23, 1939, in the passing of Right Reverend Monsignor William E.
Foley, P. R., the venerable pastor of the Sacred Heart Church in Holyokc.
Monsignor Foley needs no eulogy from us. He has proven himself an exceptional
churchman in all his assignments, and these have extended from Williamstown in the
far Berkshires, to Blackstone Valley. Under his pastoral direction, the Sacred Heart,
his last parish, has thriven. He added a new gem to the parish group — a community
hall and gymnasium, unequalled among such buildings, and exquisitely and practically
equipped for daily utility. Builder, organizer and inspiration to any work for God's
people, Monsignor Foley's activities were not strictly parochial. For a decade of years
he has served our College as Trustee. Not once was he missing, when the occasion called
for his presence. His was not merely passive service. Each year brought us a freshman
from the Sacred Heart, sponsored by Rt. Rev. Monsignor Foley. His interest in science
is evidenced by the rich equipment of our laboratories — the gift of our beloved Mon-
signor Foley. One of his last acts was to establish a permanent fund for a scholarship,
to be awarded to a member of the Senior class of the Sacred Heart School. His name
will be remembered each June at the yearly distribution of prizes ; for the Assembly
prizes are awarded from a fund established by Monsignor Foley.
May his name be reverently and prayerfully recalled often at the College of Our Lady
of the Elms.
Parents' Patron List
Mr. Thomas Barrett. Sr.
Mr. and Mrs. James J. Bresnahan
Mr. and Mrs. Ulick M. Burke
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel P. Callahan
Mrs. John B. Cantwell
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Carroll
Mr. and Mrs. Michael F. Clancy
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel E. Courtney
Mr. and Mrs. John B. Cummings
Mr. and Mrs. John J. Danahey
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Decker
Mr. and Mrs. John J. Donlin
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Fitzpatrick
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel V. Fogarty
Mr. and Mrs. William J. Footit
Mrs. John A. Ford
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew T. Garvey
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick F. Giblin
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Gillooly
Mrs. Solomon Joseph
Mr. and Mrs. James L. Keegan
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel E. Kelleher
Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Larkin
Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Lehr
Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Lunney
Mrs. Gertrude Maguire
Mr. and Mrs. James F. Mahoney
Mr. and Mrs. John Martinik
Mr. and Mrs. John J. McCarry
Mr. and Mrs. Edward F. McCarthy
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. McKenna
Mr. and Mrs. Valentine H. Moggio
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred J. Morin
Mrs. Mary Mulholland
Mr. and Mrs, William M. O'Connor
Mr. and Mrs. Terrence C. O'Donnell
Mr. Dennis E. O'Herron
Mr. and Mrs. John O'Shea
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Albano Pecora
Mr. Richard Riley
The sun has set on college days,
Life stretches out in parted ways ;
Stars shine forth in hopeful skies,
And sure success before you lies.
To you, our Senior pals and friends
The Junior class its wishes sends.
May Alma Mater's blessing bide
In future years to be your guide.
FAREWELL TO '39
To our Senior sisters dear,
We say "farewell," and shed a tear.
Fair, gay, and loyal class,
We pray, as from this port you pass.
That our kind Lady of the Elms
Will help you guide your separate helms;
That with her standard at your mast
She'll guide you to her Son, at last.
'Tis our hope and prayer that you will be
Ever loving and true to O. L. E.
Class of '41,
Fair seniors, Class of 1939,
May your road of life
Be joyous and fine.
May the tasks with which you meet
On your journey through life
Become stepping stones for you.
May you escape all strife;
May your cares be dispelled;
May your tears fade away;
May happiness follow you
Through every day.
May God be your guide
In joy and sorrow.
Best of luck from '42
On your journey tomorrow.
College of Our Lady
of the Elms
^^♦E wish to express our sincere thanks to those who have helped us in the publish-
1-1-1 ing of the 1939 Elmata. To our Reverend Moderator, to Mr. Stephen Bible
of the Bible-Plimpton Co., to Mr. Herman Provost of the Phoenix Engraving
Co., to Mr. Arthur Johnson, our photographer, to the student body, to the Alumnae,
and to our friends we are deeply indebted. We hope that this volume proves worthy
of their interest.